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Swamp White Oak

Quercus bicolor

Valuable to wildlife

Characteristics:
The Swamp White Oak is a fast-growing, medium-sized shade tree with a rounded crown. It is tolerant of drought and urban conditions.

Growing Conditions:
Plant in full sun to part shade. Best in moist, well-drained, acidic soils.

Uses:
Good street, shade and wildlife tree.

Height:
60' at maturity

Width:
25' at maturity

Shape:
Rounded

Flowers:
Inconspicuous flowers.

Leaves:
Its scientific name, Quercus bicolor, means "two-colored," a reference to the contrast between the upper and lower leaf surfaces. In autumn, leaves turn brown, yellow-brown, or sometimes reddish.

Bark:
Light brown to gray, scaly, rough and fissured with age.

Swamp white oak may live up to 300 years. Native to North America with a range from Quebec and Pennsylvania, west to Wisconsin, south to Georgia and Arkansas. This tree was planted for the 9/11 memorial in New York.